August 11, 2012 was a very special night in many ways! It was a night when the entire Springfield (IL) Foxes organization was honoring a young 6 year old by the name of Allison Faith Hill. Alli is the daughter of Andrea (formerly from Chatham, IL) and Jeremy (formerly of Springfield, IL). The family relocated to Jerseyville, IL when Alli was 1. Alli was accepted into Munroe Meyer feeding institute in Omaha, NE. Its an intensive 8 week program that costs $50,000. The facebook page called "All About Alli" has more details.
Alli has been battling many health problems since birth. Through one obstacle after another, she continues to battle and stay strong. First Alli got to hang out on the field and meet the players during warmups. The Foxes dedicated the game to Alli in a pre-game ceremony during which she was given her own customized number 22 jersey. Alli's favorite Foxes player is #22 Jae Russell. Alli had the honor of performing the coin toss to open the game as well. The Foxes are a semi-pro football team of the MSFL. Visit MidStatesFootballLeague.com for more details.
This was also the Foxes first ever game in their new second home, that being the multi-million dollar SHG Stadium on the newly renovated campus of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, IL. Visit SHG.org for more details and photos of the new stadium.
Photo caption: Allison Faith Hill, the Springfield Foxes guest of honor on 8-11-12 looks on as Foxes Team Trainer and Team Chiropractic Physician Dr. Todd Austin uses his Springfield Foxes cold laser on a player's calf muscle prior to game time.
Many Foxes players and friends of the team also shot videos during the week leading up to the "Game for Alli", in which they provided words of encouragement for this courageous little lady. The team edited the videos together along with a plethora of pictures from Alli's first 6 years of life. The song "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan could be heard in the background as this very emotionally moving video presentation played on the stadium's jumbotron. Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin's three young daughters (ages 5, 7 and 9) from Virden, IL are Foxes fans who were seen on the jumbotron chanting "Go Foxes! Go Alli!"
The Foxes then used all of the aforementioned motivation to put up a strong fight of their own on the way to a 32-14 victory. This marked the first time the Foxes (4-1) have ever beaten the Lincoln-Way Patriots (2-3).
Dr. Todd and Eugena Austin from Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, IL stayed busy on the Foxes sideline for much of the evening as well. Dr. Todd serves as team Chiropractic Physician and Head Trainer at all Foxes home contests, while Eugena is team Massage Therapist and Assistant Trainer. In fact, while the folks from AFC were providing care to a Foxes defenseman prior to game time, they even got to meet Alli and her mother Andrea.
Dr. Todd & Gena stayed busiest before and during this contest providing care for many calf and hamstring injuries. They also worked on players as well as some coaches and extended members of the Springfield Foxes family for low back, neck, midback, hip, shoulder and knee issues as well as one "stinger".
Dr. Austin debuted his special Springfield Foxes Cold Laser Therapy device an hour and a half prior to gametime! It's the same exact device that the trainers for the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks and 2011 Boston Bruins used to help their respective National Hockey League teams to Stanley Cup Championships. Dr. Austin's cold laser device is fitted with a custom Foxes face plate. He worked on many calves, thighs, low backs and shoulders with his Foxes laser over the next 4 hours. Dr. Todd also did quite a bit on Kinesiotaping as well. He even used a Leukotaping procedure that he recently learned from Kevin Morris ATC, the head athletic trainer of Brigham Young University, to stabilize a torn hamstring muscle. He was able to clear a defensive back to go back into the game with this hamstring tape job, allowing the player to be pain free and highly productive. In fact the player even recorded 6 solo tackles on the night.
Visit youtu.be/oxOwBcgSAm8 for game highlights.
The Foxes will next travel to take on the Mustangs from Indianapolis, Indiana. Both teams come into the game with identical 4-1 league records, with more than just bragging rights on the line.
The Foxes return home on August 25th to take on the Chicago Thunder, with the Division Championship on the line. This game will be played at the teams other home, John B. Pacotti Field in Kincaid, IL. All home games are broadcast on Taylorville's Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Foxes schedule and information are available at: http://SpringfieldFoxesChiro.com
Donations for Alli can still be made by sending a check to: Hollinshead Auto Body, 2935 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702. Just put "Benefit for Alli" on the memo line.
View the official SpringfieldFoxesChiro "Game for Alli" Blog at: http://springfieldfoxeschiro.com/